University of Toronto – Asphalt Shingles

One Spadina Crescent is an academic building on the University of Toronto campus. It is home to the Faculty of Arts and Science department and after the expansion will become the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design. Built in 1875, the building was once home to Knox College, a theological college of the Presbyterian Church before becoming affiliated with UofT. The building has a long and interesting history, including once being the workplace of Amelia Earhart as a nurse’s aide when the building was used as a veteran’s hospital, being the crime scene of the unsolved murder of a professor.

Recently an expansion of the building was proposed, and restoring the original Gothic Revival building and adding on a modern expansion. Heather & Little was proud to be chosen to work on the roof restoration and ornamental sheet metal on the original Gothic building.

Asphalt Shingles and Roof Restoration

When the restoration work began, a complete removal of the existing roofing and sheet metal work. The new roofing build-up consisted of a air vapor barrier, insulation and wood decking was necessary. An entire re-roofing of asphalt singles took place, and our team completed a range of restoration work, including:

  • New custom eavestrough and fascia
  • Sheet metal ridge rolls and hip rolls
  • Roof Finials
  • Decorative leader heads with custom made downpipes.

New decorative sheet metal work was also replicated on the towers of the building in lead-coated copper. For these projects we used a combination of asphalt shingles, lead-coated copper, and galvanized steel sheet for the new additions.

To learn more about this asphalt roof project, view the images below, or reach out to a member of the Heather & Little team.


asphalt roofing in progress university of toronto
asphalt roofing using crane at university of toronto
asphalt roofing close up univeristy of toronto
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